Monday, March 15, 2004

As Matt Gonzalez's chain store legislation - including a ban in Hayes Valley - goes forward, the Chamber of Commerce has released a David Binder poll on voter attitude towards chains:

City Voters More Concerned About Jobs than Number of Chain Stores in SF

Results of a San Francisco voter survey, conducted March 6-9, 2004, by David Binder Research, show that San Francisco voters strongly feel that the city needs more jobs for its residents and that the local government should do everything possible to encourage new businesses to locate in San Francisco and help improve the tax base. A majority of voters disagree that there are too many chain stores in San Francisco.

The Need for Jobs

San Francisco voters strongly agree that the city needs more jobs for its residents.

"San Francisco needs more jobs for its residents."

Agree 91%
Disagree 6%
No Opinion 3%

Voters were asked if their opinion was strong, and 73% stated they strongly agreed that San Francisco needs more jobs. There were no significant differences by party or demographic group - Democrats, Republicans and Greens alike agree on this issue.

Encouraging New Business

By a margin nearly as strong, voters also agree that local government should do everything possible to encourage new businesses to locate in San Francisco and help improve the tax base.

"Local government should do everything possible to encourage new businesses to locate in San Francisco and help improve the tax base."

Agree 84%
Disagree 12%
No Opinion 4%

Sixty percent of city voters strongly agree with this statement. Opinion does not differ by political party, although Republicans and Democrats agree by a stronger margin than independents and minor party voters (91% of Republicans agree, as do 85% of Democrats, 73% of Green and other minor party voters, and 79% of independents.)


Chain Stores

A majority of San Francisco voters disagree that there are too many chain stores in the city.

"There are too many chain stores in San Francisco."

Agree 40%
Disagree 51%
No Opinion 9%


By an average margin of 54% to 35%, a majority of independents, Democrats and Republicans disagree that there are too many chain stores. However, Green Party and other minor party voters agree that there are too many chain stores (63% agree, 30% disagree.)

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